Friday, October 24, 2008

My Taste in Art Quiz

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Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Conscientious, Fulfilled, and Spiritual

22 Renaissance, 7 Islamic, 11 Ukiyo-e, -35 Cubist, -34 Abstract and 18 Impressionist!

The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence affected literature, philosopy, religion, art, politics, science, and all other aspects of intellectual enquiry. Renaissance artists looked at the human aspect of life in their art. They did not reject religion but tended to look at it in it's purest form to create visions they thought depicted the ideals of religion. Painters of this time had their own style and created works based on morality, religion, and human nature. Many of the paintings depicted what they believed to be the corrupt nature of man.

People that like Renaissance paintings like things that are more challenging. They tend to have a high emotional stability. They also tend to be more concientious then average. They have a basic understanding of human nature and therefore are not easily surprised by anything that people may do. They enjoy life and enjoy living. They are very aware of their own mortality but do not dwell on the end but what they are doing in the present. They enjoy learning, but may tend to be a bit more closed minded to new ideas as they feel that the viewpoint they have has been well researched and considered. These people are more old fashioned and not quite as progressive. They enjoy the finer things in life like comfort, a good meal, and homelife. They tend to be more spiritual or religious by nature. They are open to new aesthetic experiences.

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British team discovers ancient pyramid - Telegraph

British team discovers ancient pyramid - Telegraph: "By Stephen Adams
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 22/10/2008

A Team of British archaeologists has discovered new evidence of the power of a civilisation that once dominated ancient Egypt, writes Stephen Adams.

The Second Kushite Kingdom controlled the entire Nile valley from Khartoum to the Mediterranean from 720BC to 660BC, but an expedition from the British Museum has discovered that a region of northern Sudan, once considered a forgotten backwater, was also 'a real power base'."

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Latin Lives!

Jessica Calefat writes:

When high school teacher Sarah Roach takes attendance, she routinely notices that she has more students in her classroom than the number who are technically enrolled in Latin courses she teaches. They're not lost or sneaking into her classroom to visit friends. The extra half-dozen students are coming for the Latin.

Roach, 54, has taught Latin at Highland School in Warrenton, Va., for 25 years and has seen interest in the ancient language grow steadily throughout her tenure. When she first began, Roach taught a few students in a single class. Now she teaches 80 students, in classes geared toward a range of skill levels.

Though it is often considered a dead language, Latin is alive and flourishing in high school classrooms across the country. In the past 10 years, the number of students taking the National Latin Exam has risen by 30,000 to about 135,000, while the number of students taking the Advanced Placement Latin exams has nearly doubled. Some say the resurgence is linked to increased interest in SAT preparation and Latin's ability to help students succeed on the test's verbal section, while others believe young adults' obsession with Harry Potter and his Latin spells are driving the trend. But popular Latin teachers like Roach suggest that dynamic, enthusiastic educators might actually be the key to the language's surging popularity

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Pertinent Quote

"It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, ‘We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.’ This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

—Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A European Challenge to anti-Americanism

Joseph Loconte writes:

For the better part of a decade, pollsters, pundits, and politicians have beaten the drums of anti-Americanism with a flamboyance that would rival Big Band legends Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Last week, however, America’s friends from across the Atlantic announced an initiative to pound back.

A group of British conservatives has launched America in the World, a London-based international alliance to combat anti-Americanism. Armed with briefings, polling data, policy analysis, and high-level political endorsements, America in the World seeks to become the most important fact-driven resource for people willing to entertain the case against anti-Americanism. The effort is the brainchild of Tim Montgomerie, founder and editor of the influential political website ConservativeHome, and Stephan Shakespeare, the founder of YouGov, a prestigious opinion-polling company in Britain.

There are many reasons for the growth of anti-Americanism, some of them—such as the fiasco at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq—painfully self-inflicted. Yet surely an important cause is that there’s no shortage of ideologues and demagogues who simply despise the “American Creed,” i.e., the nation’s commitment to the inalienable rights of self-government, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion. One of the aims of America in the World is to explain to skeptical audiences how these democratic ideals influence U.S. policies. Another aim is to explode urban myths about American culture and U.S. foreign policy that run rampant in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

There are some very interesting and provocative facts here, in the rest of the article.

Surprise, surprise. The USA is not such a demon after all.